The Sweet Sixteen round was nothing if not action-packed. Two contests came down to the wire, and in true Madness fashion, one even went into a sudden victory overtime. In a battle that went back and forth on Wednesday, Fellini's #9 and Miller's found themselves in a dead lock when 7:00 p.m. rolled around. Both teams had campaigned vigorously, with Miller's taking it to Facebook and Fellini's #9 calling upon reinforcements from around the country. At 7:00, voting was extended to allow for one more entry, which fell Fellini's way, giving them the sudden victory. It's the first time in the history of C'ville Bar Madness that a 14-seed has reached the Elite Eight. It's actually the first time any seed has reached the Elite Eight, with this being the inaugural tournament.
Voting in the Elite Eight Round will close at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.
You know the drill by now -- vote early, but not often, to advance your favorite Charlottesville bar to the Final Four! We've switched poll providers so that iPhone users can now vote on their devices! We also like this provider because it gives us the ability to break down votes by IP address.
Without further ado, here are your four Elite Eight matchups. May the best bar win! Note that voting is restricted to just one time per computer.
#1 Biltmore vs. #5 Bang
No. 1 Biltmore vs. No. #5 Bang
While other bars struggled earlier this week, The Biltmore demonstrated why it received the overall No. 1 seed, earning the easiest win of the week, 552-207 over another Corner staple, Coupe's. Bang, on the other hand, was in a dead heat with Trinity - the two were locked up at 50% for most of the week, so much so that The Committee started thinking that somebody was playing a mind game. On the final day, however, Bang was able to pull out the narrow 387-359 win. Never was the swing greater than two percent between those two bars last week..
#2 Boylan Heights vs. #3 Mellow Mushroom
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No. 2 Boylan Heights vs. No. 3 Mellow Mushroom
Neither bar really struggled this week. Boylan Heights dispatched Wild Wings 483-275, and Mellow Mushroom took care of West Main, 503-302. This is the only matchup this round between two Corner bars, and unfortunately, only one of these neighbors can survive.
#1 Virginian vs. #4 McGrady's
No. 1 Virginian vs. No. 4 McGrady's Irish Pub
Despite a strong showing by Baja Bean in the last round, The Virginian came out ahead of the pack, 494-305. Meanwhile, McGrady's also had a pretty strong showing, eliminating Michael's Bistro 447-343. Could the arguably underseeded McGrady's be the first to upend a No.1 seed?
#14 Fellini's #9 vs. #7 St. Maarten Cafe
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No. 14 Fellini's #9 vs. No. 7 St. Maarten Cafe
A very interesting battle for both of these two bars this week. We told you earlier about Fellini's sudden victory over Miller's, coming up with the 544-543 win. Maarten's found themselves in a similar situation, as they led No. 2-seed South Street Brewery for most of the Sweet Sixteen Round, until a big push in the final few hours had South Street ahead by a handful. Maarten's was quick to rally the troops and pull in the votes, ultimately winning by a 41-point margin that doesn't fully tell the story, 522-481. We expect this to be our greatest high-flying action of the week.